While hailing the Sri Lankan national cricket team, President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that 20 million people of Sri Lanka took a step back to allow 1.2 billion Indian people to enjoy some happiness, for the second time since 1983.
“I like to tell my Indian friends that 20 million from our small country took a step back to allow 1.2 billion Indian people to enjoy some happiness, for the second time since 1983,” he said adding that “Sri Lankans took the defeat with dignity.”
Rajapaksa, flanked by his wife Shiranthi, presented players with a 5,000 rupee gold coin and a pair of gold cufflinks encrusted with colouful stones, during a ceremony at Temple Trees, AFP reported.
“Whether you won the Cup or not, reaching the final, was a great achievement,” Rajapaksa said referring to Saturday’s six-wicket defeat. “You have done us proud.”
India won their first and only World Cup under Kapil Dev in 1983.
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